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Alienstock: Scenes from the ground of the Area 51 raid

Raiders bring tents, tinfoil hats and their best alien costumes to Rachel, Nevada, for a weekend celebrating all things ET.

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A meme manifested itself in the desert this weekend at the Alienstock festival. The event grew out of a viral Facebook event calling on people to raid US government facility Area 51 for aliens on Friday, and brought a crowd to nearby Rachel, Nevada, to celebrate all things extraterrestrial -- and see who else would actually show up. 

Even aliens love a good doggo. 

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Justin and Christopher drove in from Reno, Nevada, and brought along tinfoil to make hats for folks, for fun. 

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Margaret and Karen came from Wisconsin. They say they caught themselves an alien.

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Elaine and Scott thought Alienstock was a can't-miss occurrence and dressed as the Coneheads. 

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Attendees hang around the Little A'le'Inn in the tiny town of Rachel. 

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Not all of Rachel residents welcomed the swarm of festivalgoers. Rachel has roughly 50 residents, no gas station and no streetlights. 

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Pat and Bob, retired pilots who live in Rachel, were bracing for a crowd of unknown size. 

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Jim grilled chicken and promoted his website dedicated to UFOs.

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René, far left, used to own a gym called Area 51, and supplied her group with T-shirts. 

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Thiery came in from Killeen, Texas. "I had the weekend free, so I figured why the heck not?" he said. 

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Attendees set up shop in the desert for Alienstock. 

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Folks brought tents, campers and more for the multiday event. 

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Apparently one alien escaped Area 51.

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The owner of the Little A'Le'Inn, a bar and restaurant in Rachel, put on the festival.

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Outside the Little A'Le'Inn, there's a tow truck hoisting a UFO.

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This festivalgoer painted his windows. 

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The stage at Alienstock was sparsely attended. 

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Although the medical team on site declined to comment, the medical tent was unused Friday at midday.

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There were concerns over water availability. This tanker came prepared. 

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Portable toilets were another infrastructure concern, but there were at least 70 to accommodate the crowd.

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